He’s won a Pulitzer Prize and been composer-in-residence of the New York Philharmonic. He’s on the faculty of City College of New York and is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He has been, in his music, obsessed with “Alice in Wonderland.” “Paul Revere” has been a subject of interest. He is very good at dazzling audiences.
And yet, Del Tredici is really one of our most flamboyant outsider composers. His musical excesses are extreme. He pioneered neo-Romanticism in the 1970s not as an act of commonplace communication but as one of rebellion against Modernism. In that, he was doing essentially the same thing at the same time as the Minimalists. A native Californian, Del Tredici, in fact, was a UC Berkeley classmate and close friend of Minimalist founders Terry Riley and La Monte Young.
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